Recent Thoughts

ODroid GO Tricorder Project reaches custom PCB Phase

    ODroid created a fantastic Product with the ODroid GO. A nice compact device with an LCD, Buttons, Speaker, a ESP32 from Espressif AND an expansion board. Although the Hardkernel Wiki already gives examples how to use the device for your own hardware projects, it seems that almost all people regard it as a […]

21 Oct 18 volker

Playing around with Odroid-GO

Odroid GO is a fantastic device for those dealing with espressif chips (8266/ESP32). While the big focus is on gaming, the device also got a 10 pin expansion header to support I2C and SPI. Having a build in graphical LCD and several buttons, this makes the device an ideal playground for own projects including own […]

10 Sep 18 volker

Checking out on Docker Swarm

I am currently checking out on Docker Swarm. All not really hard. Tricky part is to get Hazelcast to work there. Another story is to get some logfiles generated within a container be visible all over a network

28 Jul 17 volker

Checking out Hammock

I am currently checking out Hammock as a base for Microservices. see ws.ament.hammock

31 May 17 volker

Stumbled about platformio.org

An alternative to the arduino development environment. Support for different platforms like ESP8266, ESP32, AVR….. Good support for including libraries. Start to love it. Based on the Atom Editor (Well, not my primary choice of editor because its too slow, but for that environment fine) check it out here… http://platformio.org/

21 May 17 volker

Alternatives to Owncloud

Currently checking out on alternatives to owncloud… tried cozy… hmmm nice but not too much more functionality to owncloud

14 May 17 volker

Server Update

Updated this server to 24GB (actually Hetzner did, I just payed). Additionally updatged wordpress, owncloud, gitlab

12 May 17 volker

Clock with Timer

Another little project is this one: An LED Clock driven by an ESP8266, using those 8×8 LED Matrix components: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01BUTAFW2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 In principle very easy. The ESP is programmed with Arduino, using a NTP Library and a Library for the Matrix LEDs. The only tricky part was to reprogram the Matrix Library because each of the […]

03 Jan 17 volker

ESP32 arrived

I am an absolut fan of the ESP8266 in its various forms. It is really cool to build things with it. A device with Wifi, several IO Pins and programmable via C or Arduino is a perfect match for small devices. The biggest drawback of such a device is: In order for the Wifi to […]

03 Jan 17 volker

RS232 / Bluetooth Adapter

This is the first prototype of a RS232 / Bluetooth adapter. Its design is quite simple: Use a standard MAX232 circuit and connect the ttl out/inputs with an HC05/06 bluetooth transceiver. Although some MAX232 seem to work with 3,3V I had bad experiences with it so I drive the MAX with 5V and the HC05/06 […]

30 Dec 16 volker

App for devices of the company of Rigol

I am currently developing an App for Rigol Devices. The App (Android) will be able to control Rigol devices via Lan or Bluetooth. For Bluetooth an RS232/Bluetooth adapter is necessary.

30 Dec 16 volker

First Version of Bluetooth controllable Light Bulb finished

I just finished work on the prototype of a Bluetooth controllable Light Bulb. A big One (25 cm diameter)  

15 Nov 16 volker

LED Mobile

I started working on my new LED Mobile project.

18 Oct 16 volker

My Own PCB after years

After several years I decided to create my own PCBs. Not really do it on my own but design them with DesignSpark and give it to a prototype manufacturer.  

11 Oct 16 volker

RGB LED Controllable by your mobile.

Working on some new RGB Led electronics controllable by mobiles. https://thoughtblaze.com/index.php/bluetooth-controllable-leds/

26 Jul 16 volker

Thoughtblaze started

Blaze of Thought is about to get started. A lot of work still to be done.

09 Apr 16 volker